Charity Contra Dance in Farmington Raises $410 for Family in Need

Former Miss Farmington Elise Newcomer hosts monthly dances at the American Legion Groves-Walker Post.

Video from a recent charity contra dance hosted by 2011 Miss Farmington Elise Newcomer made its way to the YouTube.com social media website this week. 

YouTube user John Newsome posted the video of a dance held at the American Legion Groves-Walker Post #346 to raise funds for charitable causes. The event featured in the video collected $410 for a family in northwest Detroit whose home is in foreclosure. 

When she started holding the events in 2011, Newcomer told Farmington-Farmington Hills Patch that contra dancing is an activity that can be enjoyed by anyone, with or without a partner. Lessons are provided a half-hour before each dance. "It's similar to square dancing," she said, "with a little more of a swing tinge to it."

Take a look at the video to see what contra dancing is all about, then check this list of events on today's calendar, along with those for which you'll need to register for buy tickets later this week:


  • Donate Shoes 4 BDF Cat Rescue Fundraiser (all day)
  • "Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins" (7:30 a.m.)
  • Hillel Day School Family Open House (5:30 p.m.)
  • Retirement – Ahhh the Golden Years (6:30 p.m.)
  • Medicine Cabinet Makeover (7 p.m.)
  • Harrison High School presents Guys and Dolls (7:30 p.m.)
  • Farmington Rotary Queen of Hearts Raffle (9 p.m.)

Look ahead

  • Enjoy Outdoors Inside at Inside Out (Friday)
  • Harrison High School presents Guys and Dolls (through Sunday)
  • Creating Mandalas as a Tool for Healing January 2013 Workshop (Sunday)

Check our calendar for more activities, classes and events happening today and throughout the week. If your event isn't listed, here's how to add it: How to Post an Event on Patch.


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